Pen Pals: Kelly & Yuwen

This is the first, and hopefully not the last, of a new kind of piece, one where ETAs from around the world talk to each other and share experiences. For a short time, they become pen pals. Indonesiaful has edited their emails for length and clarity. Kelly Richard is an ETA in Surabaya, Indonesia, and…

Indonesia.jpg: Familiar Faces

In this installment of Indonesia.jpg, we turn the lens to our co-teachers. They are an everyday presence in our lives here and have served as coworkers, mentors, mentees, cultural ambassadors, parents and friends. As ETAs, our role in Indonesia is two-fold: not only to teach English, but also to serve as cultural ambassadors. Our co-teachers…

The village is not so quiet

– By Ian Morse, ETA in Gorontalo – A teacher had invited me to his house for dinner. It was my first week in Gorontalo, and I was quickly realizing that this tranquil village was the perfect place to spend ten months. There is only one major road through Ilomangga, where houses quickly become shacks…